I outright ignore the anime blogsphere these days so I get to miss all these occasionally interesting endevours to get to know more about your fellow bloggers. Since Fab tagged me and exilehero and he is a really nice guy I figured we would participate in this anime interrogation game.
This works out like this:
- You are allowed to ask 5 questions, after which you can tag up to 5 bloggers by hyper-linking to their blog; 5 questions because it’s not too many to flood another blogger and occupy too much of his/her time, but yet a large enough number to ask your most important questions, and 5 bloggers to avoid spamming. Hence, prioritize your questions, and who you wish to ask!
- Those tagged are obliged to answer the questions in a blog post, and after which, they are entitled to create their own 5 questions and tag 5 other bloggers, so on and so forth. You are allowed to tag the person that tagged you in the first place. Also, copy and paste this section on your blog so others can understand how the game goes.
- In the case where a blogger strongly refuses to answer a question, he/she must instead post a nice anime image, wallpaper or cosplay picture, et cetera in response to that question.
- To make things interesting, a blogger can include wildcards in his/her 5 questions by placing an asterisk, (*), after which those tagged are obliged to reveal something interesting about themselves that others did not previously know. There is no limit to the number of asterisks one can place (which means there can be up to 5 wildcard questions).
- Anyone can feel free to start the game; you don’t necessarily need someone to tag you. Just create your 5 questions and tag your 5 people of choice. However, the catch is that you must answer your own 5 questions as well.
- To potentially prevent an endless game, this round of games will end on the 8th September 2012, 12pm JST (GMT +9). After which, no more bloggers can tag others to answer their questions.
These are the questions that were asked:
How do you choose the anime you watch?
I usually start by looking at the handy seasonal charts that contain all of the shows, OVAs and movies airing and releasing during that season. If there is a sequel to show I liked from a past season or the next iteration in a long running series I enjoy those get automatically added to my watch list. This is followed by checking out what my preferred studios are doing, if the premise sounds interesting I will give them a go. I also take a look at the voice actors, this is probably the primary reason I watched some shows lately. If there is staff whose work I enjoyed before, directors, producers, writers, etc. also increases my chances of checking the show out.
Then comes the social factor, if my lovely animu friends express interest in a show or give me a recommendation it occasionally gives me incentives to watch it.
Finally the most important thing, I ignore what the overly vocal anime internet fans say. Every season I continuously watch and very much enjoy shows that are labeled as bad for some trivial or arbitrary reason.
I don't really go out of my way to look for anime to watch every season but there's several things that get me to watch an anime.
First of all I look at what studio animated the show. I know SHAFT does crazy trippy things, and Kyoto Animation does more down to earth adaptations etc. So depending on what I'm feeling like I might give whatever show they're doing a try.
Another way I get into shows is by looking at online discussions and posts. If I see a lot of people talking about a show I might get curious and see what it's about. This also includes old shows, I don't remember when I saw someone talk about Big O but it looked interesting and I started watching it not to long ago.
One way that will get me to NOT watch the show is character designs. If I don't like how the show looks it's really hard for me to care for it, man that sounds really shallow hahaha.
Which anime cliche annoys you the most or which one do you like the most?
One that has bothered me for a while now is the hot blooded idiot protagonist. I don't mind hot blooded at all, I think it's really cool and given the right kind of idiot might be charming. However, what I keep seeing is protagonists with a complete lack of comprehension of the most basic common knowledge, act in a way that I find it impossible to believe they are as old as they claim. I can't stand seeing older teenagers or young adults acting as if they were a grade schooler who knows nothing about how the world works.
Hey this is cheating that's like 2 questions in 1 :p. I'll answer both even if there's a "or" in there.
I recently started reading a manga (NiseKoi) with very clear examples of this so that might be influencing my answers haha.
I dislike the childhood friend love interest cliche. I'm just gonna assume it's a girl for ease of writing but I guess it could apply to guys as well. The thing is that most of the time the only relevant thing she has is that she has known the protagonist for a long time. I don't mind when the childhood friend has other qualities, like being really stubborn (like in Sora no Otoshimono), but when her whole personality is just being a nice girl the protagonist knows from when they were kids, it gets boring. If the protagonist just met her, he probably wouldn't even bat an eye to her.
The cliche I like the most is probably the tsundere. Even though I've seen it countless times I still can't get enough of it hahaha.
It often the case that the girl is too damn proud to accept that she has any kind of romantics feelings. I like the internal conflict and the shy/embarrassed expressions that this produces. I especially like it if the artist is good and can make really cute embarrassing faces, or really silly ones haha. I like that the girl is generally strong, a far cry from a damsel in distress, but she also has a girly side that she rarely shows to anyone. I like this sort of contrasting personality traits a lot.
Where you ever caught during an embarrassing scene while watching anime?
I don't think I've ever felt really embarrassed from something in anime, but maybe I tend to block embarrassing moments out of my memory hahaha.
The lucky star opening is really damn embarrassing though. It's like completely unrestricted otaku shock wave. It's really offsetting to anyone that's not into anime.
Oh I remembered something embarrassing that's anime related. I went to Japan to study the language and was in the classroom. The topic of your favorite anime came up and I really didn't want to admit I was really into watching, because of the social stigma that can come with it. Especially since I had no idea how my classmates or the teacher would react. So I went with the safe bet and said I like Hayao Miyazaki movies. Getting asked that in that particular situation was pretty embarrassing hahaha.
Is there a certain character from a certain scene in an anime/manga you would like to be adapted into a figure?
Also, more Touhou figmas. MAX FACTORY MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Too many! hahaha. Well with the news of the new Phoenix Wright game I'd like some Phoenix and Maya figmas. Hell almost any character from the games would be a nice figma.
On the topic of figmas, I'd like a Cirno one, and maybe a Yukari and Yuyuko. Any more Touhou figmas would be nice
I'd like a scale figure based on Udon-ya, Ishikei, or several other doujin artists. But because they're kinda ecchi I doubt they'll make any.
I'd also like a figure of Yuuko, from Tosogare X Amnesia, other than the beach queen's they announced. But I think it's really hard to capture the style of the Manga. I wasn't quite happy how the anime turned out haha.
In your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of anime compared to western media?
My biggest problem with western media is that it tends to stay within the confines of predefined archetypes. If it's fantasy it's Dungeons & Dragons or Lord of the Rings, if it's sci-fi it's Star Wars and Star Trek and so forth, of course big generalizations on my part but still. There will always be stuff like elves and dwarves, dragons and sorcery, rubber faced aliens, beam guns, etc. everything is too samey. With Japanese media, everyone creates their own rules and universe to play with rather than using the same rules everyone agrees to.
The other big problem I have is that western shows never really have a conclusion to build to, they are written in a way to make them last indefinitely. This is greatly noticeable when a show gets cancelled or lasts longer than the original premise would allow to.
That is not to say anime does not fall under this either. I don't mind so much but it seems the same but that it feels like creators are just going through the motions whether it is anime or western media.
It's been a while since I saw any western media that's not movies heh.
The last thing I watched was Game of Thrones and I really enjoyed that. But I think that series is a little different from how things are normally handled. Fist off it's based on a series of books so the story is already written. But they do a really good job of setting the world and expanding the characters. And a lot of developments that happen are really interesting. There's also lots of topless girls, so in a way it's like anime fan service haha, there's no random light beams in real life though.
I think western shows focus more on an overarching story more than on the characters. When I think of Heroes or Lost I end up thinking on more of the mystery or conflict they are trying to solve. The characters are just pawns to develop the story. Rarely do I see writers go into a lot of detail for the characters. In anime you end up knowing a lot of bout the characters, like what food they like, or if they have some sort of ritual when they wake up, if they hate carrots for some reason etc. Sometimes the whole show is centered just on the characters with no real story to move along. This is still interesting because you still get to see characters interacting and being silly and what not.
This character driven narrative is probably why I like anime over your average Western show. Game of Thrones is interesting to me because they put the characters in such situations that both advance the story and develop the character. For example at one point a Eddard Stark, a friend of the king, moves to the capital to help him manage the city. The city is very corrupt and he struggles because of it. You get to see that he's a very honest man and how the city is plotting against himself and the king. It seems I praised Game of Thrones too much heh.
I also think that western media seems to think that you have to be completely obvious with everything you say and do. There's very little subtlety.
Since the deadline was on the 8th we wont tag anyone. The End.